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The Cornell Chapter
During the academic year 191 5-16, ten meetings were held, at
nine of which a scientific program was presented. Two meetings
of especial interest were devoted to departmental demonstrations
of research work under investigation by members in the depart-
ment. The general policy of the chapter has been to invite the
public to the lectures and demonstrations, and the large attendance
in most cases has been good evidence of the interest shown in the
work of the Society. The usual social hour for members and their
wives was held immediately following many of the lectures.
The list of meetings with speakers and dates is as follows :
The Bearing of the Modern Study of Heredity on our Ideas of
Evolution, by Dr. T. H. Morgan of Columbia University,
Plant Life in the Cayuga Lake Basin, by Professor K. M. Wie-
gand, November 23.
The Habits of Spiders, by Professor J. H. Comstock, December 16.
Some Present-day Ideas Regarding Soil Fertility, by Professor
T. L. Lyon ; followed by an inspection of the new soil tech-
nology laboratories, January 13.
Industrial Electric Heating, by Professor C. F. Hirshfeld, Chief
of the Research Department of the Detroit Edison Co.,
Experimental Demonstration of Research in Progress, by mem-
bers of the Department of Psychology, and inspection of
the psychological laboratories, March 23.
A Biological Expedition to Great Slave Lake, by Mr. Francis
Harper of the N. Y. State Conservation Commission; fol-
lowed by business meeting and election of new members,
Annual Initiation Exercises and Dinner, May 15.
A Successful Campaign against the New Jersey Mosquito, illus-
trated with moving pictures, by Professor T. J. Headlee,
State Entomologist of New Jersey, May 19.
Experimental Demonstrations and Exhibits by members of the
Medical College, May 25.
At the annual meeting held for the purpose, sixty-seven new
members were elected by the Alpha Chapter. This number includes
54 SIGMA XI QUARTERLY
three members from the faculty, forty-one graduates, twenty-two
undergraduates, and one alumnus, as follows*:
MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY 3
Alexander Gray, B.S. in C.E., Edinburgh, 1903; Whit. Sch., B.S.
in E.E., McGill, 1905. Professor in Charge of Electrical Engi-
neering. P. The Heating of Induction Motors; Textbook on
Electrical Machine Design; Textbook on Principles and Prac-
tice of Electrical Engineering. C. Brush Friction.
Frederick Fritz Koenig, D.V.M., Cornell, 1909. Assistant Profes-
sor of Veterinary Medicine. P. "Case Records" from the
Ambulatory Clinic. I. Collection and Tabulation of Clinical
Andrew Theodore Rasmussen, A.B., Brigham Young University,
1909. Instructor in Physiology. P. The Oxygen and Carbon
Dioxide Content of the Blood during Hibernation in the Wood-
chuck. C. Theories of Hibernation; The Absence of Chrorriato-
lytic Changes in the Central Nervous System of the Woodchuck
during Hibernation (conjointly) ; The Effect of Thyro-
parathyroidectomy on the Blood Coagulation in the Dog (con-
jointly) ; The Effect of Temperature on the Blood Coagulation
Time in the Dog (conjointly). I. (Three other titles relating
to the Woodchuck during Hibernation.)
GRADUATE STUDENTS 41
Charles Harold Berry, M.E., Cornell, 1912. Instructor in Steam
Power Engineering. P. The Theory of Humidity ; Air in Com-
pression and Expansion; Discussion on the High-Pressure
Unaflow Engine. I. An Investigation of the Operating Char-
acteristics of the Le Vane Vacuum Pump (Thesis).
Homer Guy Bishop, B.S., Ohio University, 191 1, M.S., 1912.
Assistant in Psychology. C. Improvements in Demonstra-
tional Apparatus. I. On Images of Memory and Imagination.
* Following each name is a list of research titles, in some cases only
partially complete, indicating the work upon which nomination is pri-
marily made, with symbols prefixed as follows.
P. Published articles or books.
C. Completed research not published.
I. Incomplete research in progress.
CHAPTER REPORTS 55
Sherman Chauncey Bishop, B.S., Cornell, 1915. Assistant in
Entomology. P. A Biological Reconnaissance of the Oke-
finokee Swamp in Georgia. — The Snakes (joint author). I.
Supplementary Report on the Reptiles ; Spiders of the Okefino-
Chester Claremont Camp, B.A., Grinnell College, 1914; A.M., Cor-
nell, 1915. Fellow in Mathematics. I. Linear Differential
Wallace Larkin Chandler, B.S., California, 1914, M.S., 191 5.
Instructor in Parasitology. P. (Papers on Mosquito and Fly
Control) (collaborator). C. The Morphology and Life His-
tory of Certain Ixodoidse. I. The Morphology of Ornitho-
Charles Chupp, A.B., Wabash College, 1913. Instructor in Plant
Pathology. I. A Study of Plasmodiophora Brassicse (Thesis).
Charles Dudley Corwin, M.E., Cornell, 1908. Instructor in
Machine Design. Surface Combustion (joint author). I. Sur-
face Combustion as Applied to Steel Making.
Joseph Vital De Porte, A.B., Oklahoma, 1912; A.M., Princeton,
1914. Assistant in Mathematics. I. Irrational Involutions on
Algebraic Curves (Thesis).
Edgar Hutton Dix, Jr., M.E., Cornell, 1914. Instructor in Experi-
mental Engineering. C. Investigation of Fatigue-Resisting
Properties of 90% Copper — 10% Aluminum Alloys. I. (Con-
tinuation of the above, and Investigation of Tensile Proper-
ties) ; Heat Treatment of various Species of Copper-Zinc
Alloys, and Effects on Structure (metallographic) and Tensile
Vining Campbell Dunlap, A.B., Bates College, 1914. I. Morphol-
ogy and Development of several Species of Pleurotus; The
Development of Lepiota granosa.
Silas Shihadeh George, B.A., Beirut College, 1912; M.A.,
Nebraska, 1914. Susan Linn Sage Fellow in Psychology.
C. The Gesture of Affirmation among the Arabs. I. The Scale
of Sensory Judgments in Metric Methods.
Samuel Alexander Graham, B.S. in F., Minnesota, 1914. Assis-
tant in Entomology. I. The Biology and Control of the White
56 SIGMA XI QUARTERLY
Guy Everett Grantham, A.B., Indiana, 1909, A.M., 1913. Fellow in
Physics. P. The Time Factor in Selenium Resistance. I.
Crystal Structure by means of X-Rays; (Some Original
Problems in Alternating-Current Work) (conjointly).
Ludlow Griscom, B.A., Columbia, 1912; A.M., Cornell, 1915.
Assistant in Zoology and Entomology. P. Numerous Orni-
thological Notes. C. The Field Identification of Water Fowl.
Charles Harvey Hadley, Jr., B.S., N. H. College of A. & M., 1912.
Investigator in Entomology. P. Contact Sprays for Brown-
Tail Caterpillars; The Rhododendron Lace-Bug (joint author)
and (several others). C. The Lesser Migratory Locust in
Miles Bertine Haman, B.S., Cornell, 1915. Assistant in Forestry.
I. The Distribution of North American Conifers, and Its
Relation to certain Ecological Factors (Thesis). The Effect
of Commercial Fertilizers in Forest Nursery Practice.
Royal Joyslin Haskell, B.S., Dartmouth College, 1912. Instructor
in Plant Pathology. C. A Fusarium Stem-Wilt and Tuber-
Rot Disease of Potatoes. I. A Wilt Disease of the Potato
Leon Augustus Hausman, A.B., Cornell, 1914. Instructor in
Meteorology. C. Contributions to the Life-history of Amoeba
proteus; The Ecology of the Protozoa of the Cayuga Lake
Walter Norton Hess, A.B., Oberlin, 1913. Assistant in Insect
Morphology. I. The Chordotonal Organs of Certain Ceram-
bycid Larvae; Life History of Ragium Linaetum.
Algernon Charles Irwin, B.S., Ohio University, 1903. C. The
Maximum Carrying Capacity of Iron and Steel Railroad
Harry E. Knowlton, B.S., Michigan Agricultural College, 1912.
Assistant in Botany. I. Physiological Study of the Viability
Laurence Howland MacDaniels, A.B., Oberlin, 1912. Instructor
in Botany. I. The Histology of the Phloem in the Ontogeny
of Woody Angiosperms.
Walter Hoge Maclntire, B.S., North Carolina Agricultural and
Mechanical College, 1905; M.S., Penn State, 1909. P. Field
Equipment for Investigations of Soil Leachings ; A New Method
CHAPTER REPORTS 57
for the Determination of Carbonates in Soils; several other
titles. I. Carbonation of Burnt Lime in Soils.
Edward Lawrence Mack, B.S., Union, 1912. C. Electrolytic
Production of Perchlorates.
Percy George McVetty, M.E., Cornell, 1913. Instructor in Re-
search Engineering. I. Viscosity of Lubricants. C. Several
Samuel Arthur Mahood, B.S., Nebraska, 1910, M.A., 1911.
Instructor in Chemistry. I. Tetraiodophenolphthalein and
Tetraiodophenoltetrachlorophtalein and Some of their Deriva-
Lua Alice Minns, B.S., Cornell, 1914. Instructor in Floriculture.
I. A Study of Chinese Primulas.
Edward Gardner Misner, B.S., Cornell, 1913. Instructor in Farm
Management. I. A study of the Dairy Industry of Broome
County, with a detailed Analysis of the Cost of Production.
Philip Alexander Munz, A.B., Denver, 1913, A.M., 1914. I. Vena-
tion of Zygoptera-Odonata.
Ruby Rivers Murray, A.B., Mt. Holyoke, 1912, A.M., 1914. Fel-
low in Chemistry. C. Diphenyltetrachlorophthalide and Some
of its Derivatives. I. A new Class of Phthaleins — Mixed
Phthaleins, Made by Condensing Paraoxybenzoylorthobenzoic
Acid with Phenols.
Waro Nakahara, B.S., Tokyo Agricultural College, 1915. Gradu-
ate Assistant in Entomology. P. A Revision of the Mantis-
pidae of Japan; On the Osmylinae of Japan, etc., etc. I. The
Venation of the Neuroptera; The Silk Glands of Neuronia.
Howard A. Pidgeon, B.Sc, Ohio University, 191 1, M.Sc, 1912.
Instructor in Physics. P. Irregular Wave Forms — Form
Factor, and its Significance (joint author). I. Magnetic
Properties of Cobalt.
Charles Roy Reid, B.S. in E.E., University of Oregon, 1906, E.E.
1912. Sibley Fellow in Electrical Engineering. P. A Dis-
cussion of the Electrication of Steam Railways; Some Special
Transformer Connections; The Use of Hyperbolic Functions
in the Calculation of a Long-distance Transmission Line.
I. Determination of the Most Desirable Source of Electric
Power for a Small Town (Thesis).
58 SIGMA XI QUARTERLY
Gilbert Joseph Rich, A.B., Cornell, 1915, A.M., 1915. Susan Linn
Sage Scholar in Psychology. (Fellow for 1916-17.) P. On
the Variation with Temperature of the Pitch of Whistles and
Variators; A Preliminary Study of Tonal Volume; A Pre-
liminary Study of Vowel Qualities (joint author). I. An
Exact Study of Vowel Qualities.
Rudolph Wilhelm Ruprecht, B.S., Rhode Island State College,
191 1, • M.S., Massachusetts Agricultural College, 1914. P.
Toxic Effect of Iron and Aluminum Salts on Clover Seedlings ;
The Effect of Sulfate of Ammonia on the Soil. I. Studies on
Iron, Aluminum, and Manganese Compounds in Soils.
William Hayes Sawyer, Jr., A.B., Bates College, 1913. I. The
Morphology and Development of several Species of Pholiota.
Joseph Prestwich Scott, B.S., Lausanne, Switzerland, 1910,
D.V.M., Ohio State University, 1914. P. Low Level of Nitro-
gen Output in the Female (joint author) ; Nitrogen Metabolism
in a case of Portal Vein Obstruction (joint author). I.
Francis Webber Sherwood, B.S., North Carolina Agricultural and
Mechanical College, 1909, M.S., 191 1. Assistant in Chemistry.
I. Phenosulphonphthalein and Some of its Derivatives.
Harvey Elmer Stork, A.B., Indiana State Normal, 1914; A.M.,
Indiana State College, 1915. Assistant in Botany. I. Apo-
gamy in Taraxacum densleonis; Cytology of Imperfect Pollen
in Oenothera; Studies on the Development of Cantharellus.
Cecil Calvert Thomas, A.B., Wabash, 1912, M.A., 1913. Instructor
in Botany. I. The Relation of some Species of Blue-green
Algae in pure Culture to Elementary Nitrogen.
James Leroy Weimer, A.B., Wabash College, 1912. Instructor in
Plant Pathology. C. Life Histories of three Cedar Rust Fungi
and the Diseases they Produce (Thesis). I. Histological
Study of the Galls Produced by Gymnosporangium Macropus.
MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1916 — 22
William Biederman, B.Ch., Cornell, February, 1916. I. A Study
of the Hydrogen Compounds of Boron; Sensitiveness of the
Spectroscopic Tests for Various Elements and the Masking of
Spectral Lines and Bands.
CHAPTER REPORTS 59
Louis Jacquelin Bradford, B.S., Swarthmore College, 191 1.
Instructor in Machine Design. P. Surface Combustion (joint
author). I. Surface Combustion as Applied to Steel Making.
Frederick Christian Brandes. I. A Study of the Physical Proper-
ties of the Gypsum Products (conjointly).
Marion Edwin Dennington.
Henry Conrad Diercks, B.Ch., Cornell, February, 1916. I. Pres-
sure, Temperature, Concentration Relations in the System
Potassium Sulphocyanate, Sulphur Dioxide.
Frederick Baxter Downing, Jr., Assistant in Chemistry. I. Addi-
tion Agents in Electrolysis.
Henry Alden Foster, B.S., Arizona, 1913. I. Investigation of
Different Methods to Determine the Loading and Stresses in
Members of "Pennsylvania" Bridge Trusses (Thesis).
Harlowe Templar Hardinge. I. Development of a Temperature-
Change Alarm System.
Leo Augustine Keane. I. A Study of Plaster of Paris ; Limonite
and the Color of Yellow Bricks.
Frank Kovacs, Assistant in Chemistry. I. Ammonates of Copper
Joseph Bruce Latshaw, B.S.A., University of Missouri, 1909.
Student Assistant in Veterinary. I. The Study of the Agglu-
tination Test in the Diagnosis of Contagious Abortion.
Julia Moesel, Assistant in Zoology. C. Amphibia of Okefinokee
Swamp, Georgia (collaborator). I. Vertebrates of Lake of
Bays Region, Ontario.
George Merritt Robison.
Theodore Chittenden Rogers. I. Flow of Water through Square
Karl Patterson Schmidt, Assistant in Entomology. C. Herpetol-
ogy of North Carolina. I. Herpetology of Louisiana;
Oligocene Invertebrates of the New World.
Leon John Sivian, A.B., Cornell, February, 1916. Assistant in
Physics. I. Specific Heats at High Temperature.
Theodore Levi Smith. I. Flow of Water through Square Cul-
60 SIGMA XI QUARTERLY
*Thomas Reese Spence, B.S. in C.E., Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Texas, 1913. I. Relation between the Tensile and
the Compressive Properties of Cement and Mortars; Study of
the Effect of Consistency upon the Strength of Portland
Earl Iru Sponable, Assistant in Chemistry. I. Extraction of
Thallium from Spelter Distillates ; Study of Thallium Cobaltic
Nitrite; Examination of Flue Dust from Pyrites.
Fred Waldorf Stewart. (Schuyler Fellow in Histology and
Embryology for 1916-17.) I. The Development of Thymus
IV in the Cat ; Experimental Study of the Effect of Cutting the
Peripheral Nerve on the Taste Buds in the Rabbit.
Charles Gasner Stupp, Assistant in Chemistry. I. Preparation
of New Salts of Benzene Sulphonic Acid.
James Kemp Plummer, B.S., North Carolina Agricultural and
Mechanical College, 1907, M.S., 1909; A.M., Cornell, 191 1,
Ph.D., 1915. P. Petrography of some North Carolina Soils and
its Relation to their Fertilizer Requirements. C. The Effect
of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide on Nitrification and Ammoni-
fication in Soils.
J. G. Pertsch, Jr., Recording Secretary.
* Nominated as a senior to graduate in February, 1917.
The Missouri Chapter
Four public lectures were delivered under the auspices of the
Missouri Chapter. Two, the annual fall series, were given by
Professor Robert A. Millikan, of the University of Chicago, on
The Subatomic World, and The Nature of Radiant Energy.
On February 25, Dr. W. W. Duke spoke upon The Glands of
Internal Secretion and their Relation to Growth and Mentality.
On May 8, Professor C. F. Marbut, in charge of the U. S. Soil
Survey, discussed The Development of Ideas Concerning the Field
Relationship of Soils.
A new feature of scientific meetings within the Chapter was
initiated this year, and has proved productive of increased interest
and activity. Three such meetings were held, and the programs
were as follows :
CHAPTER REPORTS 61
On December 15, 1915
Max F. Meyer : Demonstration of a very rare case of Color Blind-
ness and Discussion of its Evolutionary Significance.
C. Robert Moulton : Units of Reference for Basic Metabolism and
W. H. Pyle: An Experimental Study of the Mind of the Negro.
On February J, 1916
G. S. Dodds: The Altitudinal Distribution of Crustacea in the
Mountains of Colorado.
E. B. Branson : Origin of Thick Salt and Gypsum Deposits.
W. A. Tarr: Origin of Chert in the Burlington Lime Stone.
On April 3, 1916
O. R. Johnson : Factors Which Measure the Efficiency of Farming
W. H. Lawrence : The Pollination of the Date Palm.
George Lefevre : Genetic Studies in Poultry.
The following new members were initiated in May, 1916 :
Baskett, Edgar Drane, A.B., Missouri, 1915, A.M., 1916. Physiology.
Thesis : Some Factors upon the Innervation of the Heart, with
Special Reference to the Accelerator Mechanism of the Heart
of the Turtle, Emydoidea blandingi
Blom, Edward Charles, A.B., Cape Girardeau Normal, 191 1, B.S.
in Ed., Missouri, 1915, A.M., 1916. Physios. Thesis: Charcoal
Absorption in Vacua.
Branson, De Hellik, B.S., Kansas Agricultural, 1913; A.M., Mis-
souri, 1916. Fellow in Animal Husbandry. Thesis : The Effect
of Various Planes of Nutrition on the Cost of Maintenance,
Development, and Reproduction of Beef Cows.
Corriveau, Paul Edward, B.S., N. H. Agricultural College, 1915;
A.M., Missouri, 1916. Horticulture. Thesis: An Experimental
Study of the Effect of Rest Period Breaking Agencies upon
Root Growth of Hardwood Cuttings.
Durant, Adrian Jackson, B.S.A., 1913, A.M., Missouri, 1915. Re-
search Assistant, Experiment Station. Veterinary. Thesis :
Complement Fixation in Hog Cholera ; in progress, Complement
Fixation in Contagious Abortion. Abstracts in Reports of the
Missouri Experiment Station, 1915, and U. S. Experiment Sta-
tion Record, 191 5.
62 SIGMA XI QUARTERLY
Hardy, John Ira, B.S., R. I. State College, 1910; M.S., University
of Tennessee, 1914; Ph.D., Missouri, 1917; Assistant Chemist,
University of Tennessee, 1911-1915; Fellow in Agricultural
Chemistry, 1916-1917. Thesis: The Effect of an Excessive
Ratio of Lime to Magnesium upon Plant Growth. Publications :
Associate author of several bulletins, Tennessee Experiment
Station. In progress : Cumarin in Sweet Clover ; Proteins and
Protein Derivatives in Nutrition.
Heinz, Albert, A.B., B.S. in Education, Missouri, 1910, A.M., 1916 ;
Professor of Mathematics, Tsing Hua College, Peking, China.
Mathematics. Thesis : First Year University Mathematics
Hughes, Jewell Constance, A.B., University of Arkansas, 1915;
A.M., Missouri, 1916. Scholar in Mathematics. Thesis:
Transcendentalism of Curves and of Numbers.
Jones, Charles Arthur, B..S. in Agriculture, 191 5, University of
Wyoming; A.M., Missouri, 1916. Agricultural Research
Scholar in Animal Husbandry. Thesis : The Effect of Early
Pregnancy and Lactation on Growth in Young Breeding
Longwell, Chester Roy, A.B., Missouri, 191 5, A.M., 1916. Geology.
Thesis : The Geology and Mineralogy of the Wellington Mine,
Breckenridge, Colo. In progress : A Fauna of a Part of the
Middle Ordovician of Missouri.
Loomis, Albert G., A.B., Missouri, 1914, A.M., 191 5. Scholar in
Chemistry, 1914-15; Fellow, 1915-16. Thesis: The Dielectric
Constants of some Liquid Compounds of Vanadium; Abs. in
Jour. Phys. Chem., vol. 9, 1915. Ready for press: Extraction
of Radium from Carnotite Ores (with Herman Schlundt).
Prewitt, Proviso V., A.B., Missouri, 1915, A.M., 1916. Physiology.
Thesis: The Relation of the Lipase and Fat to Carbohydrate
and Amylase Content of the Liver.
Sive, Benjamin Elliott, B.C.E., University of Cincinnati, 1914;
A.M., Missouri, 1916. Assistant in Chemistry, University of
Cincinnati. Agricultural Chemistry. Undergraduate thesis :
A New Indicator of the Azo Type. Thesis for Master's degree :
The Mineral Composition of the Bovine as Influenced by Age
and Condition of the Animal.
Swett, Walter Whittier, B.S., New Hampshire State; A.M., Mis-
souri, 1 9 1 6. Dairy Husbandry. Thesis: Factors Influencing
the Growth of Dairy Animals.
Weatherwax, James Lloyd, A.B., Oberlin, 1912; A.M., Missouri,
1916. Physics. Thesis : An Investigation of the Stretch
Winkler, Charles Herman, B.S. 1904, A.M. 1914, University of
Texas; Ph.D., Missouri, 1916. Horticulture. A Guide to
Mushroom Culture (with B. M. Duggar) ; (with W. S. Tay-
lor) Nature Study and Agriculture for the Rural Schools of
Texas. University of Texas, Bulletin 361, 1915. The Botany
of Texas; Bulletin 18, University of Texas, 1915. Thesis for
the Doctor's Degree: The Relation between Vegetative and
Reproductive Activity in Plants.
Officers were elected for 1916-17. The roll of active members
for the year numbered JJ.
D. H. Dolley, Secretary.
The Indiana Chapter has published a yearbook for 1916 which
lists officers and members of the Chapter and the full program for
the calendar year. One meeting is held in each month during the
academic year and usually at each meeting two papers are read by
resident members. The January meeting, however, is devoted to
Convocation Week Reports by fifteen members and there are two
meetings at which visiting scientists have delivered addresses. One
unusual feature of the pamphlet is a full list of non-resident and
former members of the Chapter.
District of Columbia Chapter. — In the list of the Charter Mem-
bers published in the Sigma Xi Quarterly, Volume 3, No. 2,
June, 191 5, the name of Alden Archibald Potter, A.B. Minnesota,
1909, Assistant Pathologist, Bureau of Plant Industry, U. S. De-
partment of Agriculture, was omitted by a clerical error.
M. W. Lyon, Jr., Secretary.